Detective Work: Historical Home Goes Into Foreclosure

Historical 109 Elfreth’s Alley was built in 1702 on one of America’s first streets, and because of two less-than-responsible owners (we’re talking to you Scott and Caren Cronin), it now sits in foreclosure with water damage and mold infestation. According to the Preservation Alliance, its owners (who bought it for $123,000 in 1996) abandoned the 1130-square-foot, 3-story home four years ago. Scott (a Philadelphia attorney nonetheless) and Caren used to live in West Chester where they owned […]


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Bikers and Walkers Get a $1.3M Manayunk Bridge Trail

The Pennsylvania Community Transportation Initiative granted $1.3M for a new Manayunk Bridge Trail as part of its “Smart Transportation” grants (outing one of the near 200 applications that were rejected). This path will extend the Cynwyd Heritage Trail over the historic Manayunk Viaduct. Manayunk is already a huge cycling neighborhood and this trail will be a welcome shortcut for bikers who have to squeeze next to cars on Green Lane to get to the great […]


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Kildare’s Hasn’t Paid Rent Since….$262,000 Ago

Will 4417 Main Street be up for rent soon if Kildare’s Irish Pub doesn’t get all their attorneys in a row? (And will Main Street Market pick up this space too?) Kildare’s currently has multiple court cases filed away at the Municipal Court of Philadelphia, two of those cases open right now involve Dave Magrogan’s Kildare’s failing to pay rent. [We all know Manayunk rent is high, but Kildare’s has a $12,000-per-month rent that was locked […]


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Bella Vista: The Street The Plows Forgot

Tipster “Rick” reports that the 1700 block of S. Iseminger Street has not been plowed once during this Snowpocalypse. We’re sure the neighbors digging out their cars and throwing the excess snow in the street doesn’t help (police officers not excluded). Just so you know, the city mandates residents and business owners shovel a minimum 36-inch-wide path on the sidewalk in front of their properties within six hours of a snowstorm.


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The 2013 Family Court Being Built Below Budget

Ed Rendell had approved $200M for the Family Court project, but according to the Inquirer, it will only be around $140M. EwingCole Architects will be in charge of the 14-story project at 15th and Arch, and the neighborhood is already alive with opinions. The original Logan Square location at 1801 Vine Street will no longer be owned by InterContinental Hotels and will sit vacant. There even was a petition against this vacant building at such […]


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Saxby’s Can’t Pay Rent; Main Street Market Picks Up Space

Another example of a failed Manayunk business. Main Street Market will be expanding into the now-closed (a sheriff’s sale is great for public relations) Saxby’s in Manayunk. Belvedere Restaurant Group (the same group, headed by Joseph Scarpone, that opened Agiato’s and Terrace Taproom) signed the lease for 4343 Main Street, which basically means Main Street Market grocery store is taking over the old Saxby’s space. (We are pretty amazed Saxby’s couldn’t afford to stay in […]


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Easy Corner Bar Up For Adoption

University City’s (or, more appropriately, Powelton Village’s) Easy Corner Bar wants to be something else, something that’s good for the neighborhood. Its owners are renting out the 800-square-foot restaurant/bar space at 500 North 35th Street (on the corner of Haverford Avenue) so someone can open a “new coffee shop/cafe that is so needed on this corner,” says owner Dov Wisnia. Let’s hope the name is a homage to how easy it is to run a […]


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Male Prostitution In Midtown Village Dwindles

POLICE BEAT: On Wednesday, January 12 between 10:30pm and midnight, 6th District officers arrested 5 males for Obstruction of Highway Related to Prostitution at 1200 Locust Street, 1200 Spruce Street and 215 S. 13th Street. On the 20th they arrested 2 males for prostitution in the same location around the same time. Five days later the same officers arrested one male for prostitution at 300 S. 12th Street at 9:15pm. And then there were none.


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A Food Forest Grows In Pennsport

The 500 block of Mercy Street in the Pennsport neighborhood has almost 20 vacant lots. This little loophole of a block is currently unrepresented by any civic association and no grants, projects or improvement ventures have even mentioned it–until now. Thanks to University of Delaware graduate Robyn Mello (a community organizer, activist and gardener), Philly Food Forests has been born to transform these vacant lots into public gardens and public space. Since the first piece of trash […]


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